Senate Panel Approves Senator Dan Kotowski’s Bill to Capture $17 Million from Federal Government for Illinois Foster Care

(Springfield, IL) – March 4, 2010. A Senate legislative panel today unanimously approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to help pay for Illinois foster children care.

The Illinois Senate Human Services Committee backed legislation, Senate Bill 3420, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) by a 8-0 vote.

“The economic crisis has undermined a DCFS fund that pays for care of abused and neglected children and it can no longer generate enough money to sustain current spending,” said Marge Berglind, President of Child Care Association of Illinois.

“The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government.”

DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.

In addition to Kotowski, the committee members backing the bill include Senators: Mattie Hunter (D), Deanna Demuzio (D), William Delgado (D), Heather Steans (D), Dave Syverson (R), Dave Syverson (R), Dan Duffy (R), and Dale Risinger (R).

The legislation now faces consideration by the full Senate.

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